Some Girls Are By Courtney Summers
Published Jan 5th 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Summary: Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around. Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
Some Girls Are is so raw and real.
Reading this book was difficult; reading books about bullying usually are. I have to commend Courtney Summers for her writing; it was raw, emotional and realistic. I have never read a Courtney Summers book, but I felt that this book was a good introduction to her writing.
Some Girls Are explores bullying, in the perspective of a (former) bully. It’s a fresh take on the topic of bullying and you really get to go inside the mind of the bully. The thing about Regina is that she had redeeming qualities about her. She’s smart but very frail and overly concerned about people’s perception of her. It matters to her; which is why being the school’s most popular girl’s best friend is important to her. Regina’s done many bad things together with her group of friends, aptly known as the Fearsome Fivesome.
Regina makes for a very compelling and reliable narrator. As a former bully, her narrative becomes one that is very important into understanding how a bully works. Despite herself, Regina is very self aware of the things she’s done, the person she’s become without her realizing under the influence of her friends.
As things unfold for her, you start to see her reflect on her past behaviour and she feels remorse, even if not for all the things she’s done. Some Girls Are reminded me of Mean Girls, especially when Regina starts taking revenge. But there’s more depth to that. It is interesting to see the type of choices Regina makes to protect herself and people she’s learnt to love.
Some Girls Are really brought forth how terribly bullying affects people, physically and mentally. I appreciated that it didn’t glorify bullying, rather the opposite; I believe that it will leave readers much to think about.
Some Girls Are also touched the issue of rape, which I know is a difficult subject for many people to read, myself included, but I think it’s an important part of the story. It really hurt me to see the way people responded to the issue in the book and that it was never fully addressed. Though initially I wanted it to be addressed, for her to be heard but I believe it reflected on our society today where many women are left unheard, because of fear, shame or pressure. There’s so many reasons as to why they don’t speak out but it’s happening and it’s real.
Some Girls Are is a book that everyone needs to read. I am drawn to the writing of Courtney Summers and want to keep reading her works. Highly recommended.